Brad’s 6th Anniversary Card!!!

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Today I’m sharing with you the card I made for Brad for our 6th Anniversary! I just love making cards for him that are super special! You can see some of the past ones I have made here, here, and here!

Brad's 6th Anniversary Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Okay so maybe this should have been a card for me since I’m the one who loves Monkeys but he loved it too!!! Brad got me that little Monkey Boo just last week to add to my collect. Her name is April, by the way! I decided that would be my inspiration for my card! 🙂

I started with a Whisper White card base and rounded all the corners with the Corner Rounder Punch for a soft look. Next I layered on a piece of Chocolate Chip (4″ x 5-1/4″) rounding the corners before adhering it on. I used the Layering Circles Framelits and Crumb Cake to create the face. At first, I overlapped all of them but thought it looked too bulky. To solve that, I laid the two circles for the eyes over top of each other and traced the portion of the circle overlapped. I could have cut it with scissors but since I wanted a smooth look, I slide it into a Circle Punch and lined it up. That worked perfectly. I added the two circles and overlapped the third one. Using the Early Espresso Marker, I created the adorable little nose and mouth.

For the eyes, I die cut the circles with the Layering Circles Framelits in Perfect Plum cardstock. I added some glitter with the Silver Dazzling Details. For the center of the eye, I used the 3/4″ Circle Punch to punch out Basic Black cardstock. Next, I added these to the eyes with a Stampin’ Dimensional. So that the eyes would look all glossy, I added lots of Fine Tip Glue Pen glue to the black centers. Once all of this was dry, I added the eyes to the card front. Now the little monkey has a face!!! For the ears and hands, I punched out Perfect Plum with the 1-1/4″ Circle Punch. I cut the circles in half and adhered them to the card front. For a little sparkle like April’s, I brushed over them with the Wink of Stella Pen. Isn’t it just the cutest?!?!?!

I love coming up with a new idea for cards for my husband! It usually involves lots of punches as I am not the best with free-handing it. Do you like to make special cards for those in your life? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


My Top 10 Retiring Items I’m Sad to See Go!

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When the retiring list comes out I’m always sad to see certain items go. Here is my Top 10 retiring items I’m sad to see go this year! I always take a deep breath and know that while I’m sad these are leaving, that just means there is more room for fabulous new products to come out. I hope you feel the same way!

Top 10 Retiring Items, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Decorative Label Punch – So my husband was reading off the list and I was marking everything in the catalog. When he mentioned this one, I screamed and just about cried. I love love love this punch and use it so much. I think I will hold on to mine even though I normally get rid of everything that retires. This punch just means so much to me. You can see samples using it here, here, and here. I really could go on and on with samples.

Tin of Cards Stamp Set – I love this set because it has the perfect size greeting especially to fit into the Decorative Label Punch. It also has a greeting for almost every occasion. I loved the Tin of Cards as well! My set is almost black because I used it so much and the stamps are stained. You can see samples here and here!

Mint Macaron  – I have really fallen in love with this color. It’s such a beautiful soft green and even looks a little blue sometimes. I’ll miss you Mint Macaron!

Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper – Okay we all know I love pink and sparkle. Um…hello?!?!?! This is just that and I love it. Good thing we can always create pink glimmer paper with re-inkers and the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.

Bitty Butterfly Punch – This punch as well as the Elegant Butterfly Punch are just so beautiful alone and paired with the Papillon Potpourri Stamp Set.

Elegant Butterfly Punch – Again, I am sad to see this one go. I just love butterflies. You can see some samples using this here, here, and here!

Woodgrain Embossing Folder (Sold Out) – Okay, so I feel like I have fallen off the embossing folder train a bit but I still like this one for backgrounds and Man Cards! I tend to use certain products a ton and then not as much. I feel like I have gone from Embossing Folders to Heat Embossing more.

Perpetual Birthday Calendar Stamp Set – This set is perfect for backgrounds and memory keeping. I have done lots of quick and simple cards using this set. I have also created a Birthday Calendar even after the kit was no longer available. See more samples here and here!

Oh So Succulent Stamp Set and Succulent Framelits – I love flowers and this set was so much fun! The little flowers were perfect for cards and home decor pieces. Succulents are so in right now. Check out all these amazing samples here, here, and here!

So Detailed Framelits – I was just starting to really have fun with these. Check out some of my samples here and here! I guess I will need to start playing with the Detailed Floral Framelits!

So there are my Top 10 Retiring Favorites! How many of these are on your list? Tell me in the comments below what you are most sad to see go.

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Friday Updates & Excitement!!!

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Happy Friday!!! I’m have so many fabulous updates and excitement to share with you that I thought I would make it an entire blog post!!! Are you ready???

Friday Updates & Excitement, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Last Friday, I did the drawing for the Ink Pad Giveaway and it was Sheila!!!! I’m so happy for her and she selected the Subtles Collection. Little funny side note: I took the picture of her name with my ink pads before telling her she won. Yet, somehow I did it in front of the Subltes Collection and that’s what she picked. Hehehe I love little things like that!

Speaking of Giveaways, let me know in the comments below what you would like the new giveaway to be. I have done the Big Shot and now the Ink Pad Collection. Would you like a repeat of those or something different?? Can’t wait to hear your suggestions!

Food Trucks, www.LaurasStampPad.com

So even though Sale-A-Bration is over and you can’t get the adorable Tasty Trucks Stamp Set, I just had to share these. I had some leftover cards already cut so I created them! Coloring with the Watercolor Pencils and Blender Pens is just so much fun!!! Eeee I love them all!

Sun is Setting, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Don’t forget that the Stampin’ Up! Retired List is out and items are selling out fast! You can check out the complete list here:

2017 Retiring List – Excel

2017 Retiring List – PDF

Some of these items are sold out already so you can just start shopping here! Not only do you get to enjoy getting some great products before they are gone (and at a discount for some), you will also be able to earn Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers!!!

And another fun announcement……I have handed out my FIRST $40 Gift Certificate for Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers!!!! Congratulations Vickey M. for earning the first one!!!! Woot Woot!!! Will you be the next one?!?!?!

I hope you all have an amazing weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Happy 13th Anniversary to Me!!!

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I just can’t believe it is my 13th Anniversary with Stampin’ Up! today! How crazy is that?!?!?! Thirteen years seems like a long time but yet this has been an amazing and fun journey! I have enjoyed every moment of it!!! In celebration (and tradition), I am doing my 13 Favorite Stampin’ Up! items right now today!

13th Anniversary, www.LaurasStampPad.com

My 13 Favorite Stampin’ Up! Items!!!

~Enamel Shapes – I love the shape of these and the little POP of color they add to a project!

~Perfect White Accents – I honestly just found out about these things and I’m in love! They are flat and smooth and perfect for a card!

~Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper – Simple Navy and White look is just stunning for every occasion! Check out this One Sheet Wonder I did!

~Beautiful You Stamp Set – The ladies are beautiful but the greeting are even more amazing! Check out some samples here, here, and here!

~Lift Me Up Stamp Set – I just love these greetings. Sending Smiles Across the Miles is my favorite. You can check out samples here, here, and here!

~Watercolor Pencils – My new favorite coloring tool! These things are amazing. Check out some samples here, here, and here!

~Blender Pens – Since I have been playing with the Watercolor Pencils so much, these work perfectly to blend the colors for the perfect look like in this sample and this one!

~So Detailed Framelits – The details and beauty of these are just AMAZING! Check out my favorite card right now here!

~Brights Collection – I had a stamper tell me she owned the color collection I recommended….I knew exactly which one that was!

~Stitched Shapes Framelits – These are the perfect shape (circles, ovals, squares) with amazing detail!

~Grid Paper – This stuff is amazing to use when stamping for when you stamp off the paper, stamp off for a shade lighter, or just practice stamping!

~Mint Macaron Sheer Linen Ribbon – I love this color and the texture of the ribbon is perfect on so many projects!

~Flirty Flamingo Ruched Ribbon – I love pink and this ribbon has a fabulous texture and it’s easy to use. There isn’t a big knot when you use it on a card!

Are any of these your favorites?? Let me know in the comments below!

If you would like to see this all in action, check out my Video Tutorial below or click here! Don’t forget to give it a thumbs up if you liked it and be sure to subscribe if you are new. I post a new video every Tuesday and Thursday (or when my Anniversary falls on a Wednesday)!!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Laura’s Ink Pad Collection Giveaway!!!

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I had such a great response to the Big Shot Giveaway I did back in the Fall that I thought I would do another one!!!! This time it’s Laura’s Ink Pad Collection Giveaway!!!! If you win, you can pick the color family you would like – Brights, Regals, Neutrals, or Subtles!!!

Ink Pad Collection Giveaway, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I decided to start this Giveaway at the end of March so that you can also take advantage of Sale-A-Bration as well!!! Here is how it works!!!

Everyone that places a minimum of a $50 order (before tax and shipping) using the Hostess Code: FCCVREYF will be entered for a chance to win an entire color family of your choice of Ink Pads (Brights, Subtles, Regals, or Neutrals)!!!! If your order is over $100, you will get your name in the drawing twice!!! Click here to start shopping!

This special will run from March 27th to April 13th! The winner will be drawn on Friday, April 14th at 1:00 p.m. (Central Time)

~This special is open to United States residents only!

~You will enter the Hostess Code: FCCVREYF on the bottom right hand side of the page when you are looking at your Cart!

~Be sure to click “yes” for contact when filling out your profile so I can see your name for the order you placed. If I can’t see who placed the order then I can’t enter your name in the drawing!

~Minimum of 9 people needed to participate in order for the Ink Pad Collection to be given away. If fewer participate, the winner will get Stampin’ Up! Bonus Bucks to use towards product!

I can’t wait to draw the name of the winner on April 14th! I will do it as a Facebook Live Video like last time but I will also contact the winner as well! It is always so exciting. I remember I was so nervous last time because I just wanted everyone to win!!! 🙂 Good luck and I hope I draw your name!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


My Picks for the Stampin’ Up Starter Kit with the Sale-A-Bration Promotion!

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Today, I thought I would share my picks for the Stampin’ Up Starter Kit during the Sale-A-Bration Promotion! This was actually really hard for me to pick so I totally understand why it might be hard for you as well!! Here is what I came up with…..

My Picks for the Stampin' Up Starter Kit, www.LaurasStampPad.com

During Sale-A-Bration, you can join Stampin’ Up! (and my Fabulous Friends Team) for just $99.00 (plus tax)! You get free shipping ($10 value), $125 in any product you wish, AND 2 Stamps Sets of your choice (any dollar value, $104 value). That’s a $239 value for just $99!!! There is no obligation once you sign up. You can do as little or as much as you wish as a demonstrator – enjoy the discount yourself and never sell to others, place orders for you and your friends, or create a business. Whatever you wish you do, you can do! That’s the best part of it all! Click here to join now!

So now here are my picks for the Stampin’ Up Starter Kit for the seasoned stamper that has the basics! The stamper who has been having fun for years but decided to enjoy that discount. Maybe you just couldn’t pass up this amazing deal!

~My 2 FREE Stamp Sets: Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set and Beautiful You Stamp Set – both great sets with greetings and images! You can go with Clear like I did or pick the Wood Style!

~For the $125 in product: Lift Me Up Bundle (Stamp Set & coordinating Framelits), So In Love Bundle (Stamp Set & coordinating Framelits), Falling In Love Designer Series Paper, Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Metallic Enamel Shapes, & Fine Tip Glue Pen

These products total $124.25 so technically I’m letting $0.75 go so you could always change things out to get exactly $125.00 I love the bundles because you are saving 10% and who doesn’t like discounts on top of deals! I sure love a great deal!

New Stamper Starter Kit, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now I did my picks for the Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit for the beginner stamper who is just getting started and wants it ALL!

~My 2 FREE Stamp Sets: Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set and Beautiful You Stamp Set – both great sets with greetings and images! You can go with Clear like I did or pick the Wood Style!

~For the $125 in product: Stampin’ Trimmer, Snail Adhesive, Bone Folder, Tin of Cards Stamp Set, Basic Black Archival Ink Pad, 2016-2018 In-Color In Pad Collection, 2016-2018 In-Color Cardstock Collection, Whisper White Cardstock, Clear Block D, Clear Block A

This is a little mix of paper, stamps, ink and a few accessories! You could always omit the Tin of Card for more inks or Stampin’ Scrub & Mist. That’s the cool thing! You can mix and match to what you want/need the most!

You could always go the Big Shot and some dies or even an album, Project Life Card Collections, and other memory keeping items! What would you pick out for your Starter Kit?? Let me know in the comments below! If you would like to Join Stampin’ Up and enjoy all the amazing benefits and this fabulous deal, click here for more information and remember to do it before March 31st when this offer ends!

If you would like to see all of this in action, check out my Video Tutorial below or click here! Be sure to give it a thumbs up if you liked it and don’t forget to subscribe if you are new!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


List of My Favorite Sale-A-Bration Items!!!

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Sale-A-Bration Second Release, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Sale-A-Bration has been going on for a month and a half now and it has been SO MUCH FUN!!! This week Stampin’ Up! released 3 new items including 2 stamp sets and beautiful glimmer paper! You can check them all out here! I thought today I would go over a list of my favorite Sale-A-Bration items for this year!!! (PS this was not an easy task!)

~ List of My Favorite Sale-A-Bration Items ~

My #1 favorite has to be So Very Much which is the big scroll-y thank you greeting! I just love the beautiful font and I make so many thank you notes so it’s perfect! I love how it is the focal point of the card and you just need a little bit more to make the perfect card! You can check out some samples here and here!

My #2 favorite is Avant Garden! You all know I love flowers and I have really enjoyed this set for the beautiful flowers and greetings too! You can use the one flower with a solid ink and stamp all over or you can stamp the other flowers and color them in. The Watercolor Pencils are perfect for coloring in the flowers! You can check out some samples here! I have a few more so stay tuned!

My #3 favorite item is the Carried Away Designer Series Paper. I love designer paper and while it wasn’t my favorite in the beginning. The more I used it, the more I fell in love. To see some samples, click here and here!

I have the new Glimmer Paper but I haven’t played with it a lot yet. I do think it will be #4 or maybe bump something down! What are your favorite Sale-A-Bration items?? Let me know in the comments below!

Don’t forget that Sale-A-Bration runs till the end of March and there are lots of ways to enjoy the party!!!

~Every $50 you spend, you can pick out a FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure. Click here to see all of the items you can pick!

~Now is a great time to hostess as well. When your party or order reaches $250, you will earn an additional $25 in Hostess Benefits!! That means you get $50 in Free Product!! You can also use that $50 to join Stampin’ Up!

~There is a fabulous special for joining during Sale-A-Bration too! You can use your hostess benefits towards your kit or you can join without having a party! It is $99 to join and you get to pick out $125 in any product you would like PLUS 2 FREE Stamp Sets of any value! Go for the highest value sets and that’s an additional $104 in product!!! WOOT WOOT! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out! I’m always happy to chat about it! Click here for more information!

Have fun Sale-A-Brating with me!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Fanfare Friday!!!

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Happy Friday, everyone!!! This has been a fabulous week!!! I took the day off on Monday to spend the day with my Mom celebrating her birthday! Ahhh the joys of being your own boss! We went shopping and then the rain started. My Mom then asked if we could go back to the house and make cards!!! 🙂 Of course I said, “Yes!” It was an amazing day!Marcella Silver, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Then on Tuesday, I got to gather with my amazing team! Not all of them could attend but that doesn’t mean we don’t still celebrate their accomplishments! Marcella just promoted to Silver so I showered her with all things Silver!!! We had a few more promotions and anniversaries to celebrate but I didn’t get a picture! (stay tuned, hopefully I will get them soon)

Wednesday was Stamp Club which is always a great time! I am starting a NEW Club in February!!! If you love stamping product, learning new techniques, and getting free stuff then Stamp Club is for you! Club is created to have a group of stampers get together once a month to create 2-3 cards featuring techniques and/or 3D items. Club consists of a minimum of 6 people and each person will place an order each month in the amount of $25 or more (totaling at least a $150 workshop order). This is a great way to be a hostess without having a party at your house! Club lasts for 6 months and one of those months you will be the Hostess and earn all of the hostess benefits. Stamp Club is on the Third Wednesday of the Month at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.! Let me know if you would like to join in February!

Now I’m getting excited to stamp with the ladies over in Paris…..Illinois!!! 🙂 I do enjoy saying I am going to Paris for the weekend! hehe The ice last weekend ruined our stamping plans for last weekend but luckily we were able to move it to this weekend! I am super excited and can’t wait!

Sale-A-Bration is always a great time to stamp, hostess, and join Stampin’ Up! Every $50 you spend, you can pick out a FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure. Click here to see all of the items you can pick and you will earn Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers! Woot Woot! When you Hostess a party or place an order that reaches $250, you will earn an additional $25 in Hostess Benefits!! That means you get $50 in Free Product!! You can also use that $50 to join Stampin’ Up! There is a fabulous special for joining during Sale-A-Bration too! You can use your hostess benefits towards your kit or you can join without having a party! It is $99 to join and you get to pick out $125 in any product you would like PLUS 2 FREE Stamp Sets of any value! Go for the highest value sets and that’s an additional $104 in product!!! WOOT WOOT! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out! I’m always happy to chat about it! Click here for more information!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


Stamp Fun & NEW Laura’s Loyal Stampers!!!

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Mom & Me, www.LaurasStampPad.com

As you all know, stamping is a big part of my life! I love what I do and I love sharing what I love! I really really love sharing my love of stamping with my family!!! Here is a picture of my Mom and I stamping her Christmas Cards a few months ago! I never got a chance to share this but really wanted to….better late than never, right?

Crafting with Mom, www.LaurasStampPad.com

We had so much fun stamping, creating, and talking! My Mom doesn’t stamp regularly but we also make her Christmas Cards together. I love every moment of it! <3

Crafting Fun, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I also got to stamp with my Mother-In-Law, Cindy, over the holidays!!! Cindy stamps with me as often as she can. She really enjoy coloring in all forms and I normally don’t have the patience to color all day. Oddly enough, when we played in the stamp room all day, I colored with the new Watercolor Pencils and she made fabulous cards! Again, we had an amazing time chatting, laughing, and stamping!! Nothing warms my heart more than stamping with friends and family. This week I started my classes back up and let me tell you I couldn’t be happier! I enjoyed the mini break but missed everyone! 🙂

LaurasLoyalStampers2, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I’m super excited to announce I have changed up my Laura’s Loyal Stampers Program for 2017!!! Now it doesn’t matter whether you order with me at a class, party, event or online!!!! You will earn a Sticker for every $40 order you place and after 10 Stickers, you will get a $40 Gift Certificate from me! The most amazing thing ever is that earning stickers is super easy during Sale-A-Bration!!! You can check out more information about it here – 2017 Laura’s Loyal Stampers Program! Click here to start shopping, earning Sale-A-Bration freebies, and Laura’s Loyal Stampers Stickers!!!! 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you here back on Monday!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura


The Best of 2016!!!

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Happy Friday everyone! This is the last post of 2016 so I thought I would share some of the Best Posts and Videos of the Year!!! Are they some of your favorites too? Let me know in the comments below!!!

THE TOP 5 BEST BLOG POSTS (based on views in 2016)

Something Borrowed Card Set, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Something Borrowed One Sheet Wonder – this post is viewed many times every day! You all must really love this set!!!

December Paper Pumpkin 2015, www.LaurasStampPad.com

December 2015 Paper Pumpkin Kit – I took the calendar pieces and made them into cards!

Birthday Bouquet OSW, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Technique Tuesday – One Sheet Wonder Flower Bouquet – you all really love One Sheet Wonders!

Work of Art Wreath, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Work of Art Holiday Cards – this set is so versatile. I really need to get it out again to play!

Birthday Roses, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Technique Tuesday – Rose Wonder – I love everything about this Stamp Set and coordinating Framelits!

THE TOP 5 BEST VIDEOS (based on views in 2016)

Stampin’ Up! Rose Garden Framelits – tutorial for the #5 Sample above!

Watercoloring with the Flowering Fields Stampin’ Up! Stamp Set – I really feel like I have mastered watercoloring more this year!

One Sheet Wonder Technique – this video actually isn’t from either of the ones listed above but still popular!!!

One Sheet Wonder Technique with the Birthday Bouquet Paper – this is #3 from above!!!

Ways To Use Your Butterfly Thinlits – I love butterfly!!!

I hope you enjoyed this little recap! Are these some of your favorites or do you have one of your own? Let me know in the comments below! I always loving hearing from you! I wish you all a wonderful weekend and close to 2016! I’m super excited about 2017 and all of the adventures and possibilities that await! Let’s make it amazing!!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura